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MotoGPItalyMay 31, 2008
MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 06
Italian Grand Prix at Mugello Qualifying

Pedorosa Powers to Yet Anohter Front Row Start

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Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V) continued his impressive qualifying record so far in 2008 with his fourth front row start of the season here at Mugello. He’s just 0.167 seconds behind Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) who took pole with Loris Capirossi (Suzuki) completing the front row as third fastest qualifier.

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team) Nicky HAYDEN (Repsol Honda Team)


Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)


Nicky HAYDEN (Repsol Honda Team)

In dry conditions after yesterday’s deluge, riders headed out on track for this hour-long session of final qualifying and both Rossi and Dani immediately posted times at the top of the chart in the high 1m 50s range and then a 1m 50.003s lap from the Repsol Honda man.

Riders had a lot of possible dry condition rubber otpions to get through after the rain yesterday. And finding a race tyre combination for tomorrow’s sixth round of the MotoGP series was where their initial efforts were directed.

Just before the halfway point Capirossi showed his intent at his home Grand Prix by recording a 1m 49.476s lap to snatch provisional pole. But moments later Colin Edwards (Yamaha) shattered not only Capirossi’s time but the outright lap record set in 2006 on the 990cc machines with a 1m 48.785s lap.

At this stage Dani lay fourth overall and Alex de Angelis (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V) was lying fifth fastest. As the second half-hour began the order was Edwards, Rossi, Capirossi on the front row and Pedrosa, de Angelis and Chris Vermeulen (Suzuki) on row two. Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC212V) held ninth at this point.

As the sky clouded over some riders were minded to fit sticky qualifying rubber early on to try and secure an early fast lap time in case rain fell. The track stayed dry while James Toseland (Yamaha) elevated himself to a short-lived provisional second place.

With 15 minutes remaining on the clock Dani hoisted himself to third before Rossi went pole with a 1m 48.130s lap, the canny Capirossi tucking in behind the Yamaha man to steal past the line with a time good enough for second on the grid.

As the final seconds ticked down riders struggled to get out on track in time to get one final qualifying lap in and it was Dani who made the most of his final tour of Mugello’s 5.245kms with a 1m 48.297s lap - good enough for second on the grid. Reigning World Champion Casey Stoner (Ducati) snatched fourth as the session ended.

Nicky ended the day sixth, just over half a second off the pole time, while San Carlo Gresini riders De Angelis and Shinya Nakano (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V) made good their promises of improved qualifying here in Tuscany with a ninth for Nakano and tenth for De Angelis, the pair’s best qualifying result so far this season.

Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda RC212V) managed 12th for a fourth row start while Andrea Dovizioso (JiR Scot Honda RC212V) will get off the line tomorrow from 13th on row five. Tady Okada (Repsol Honda RC212V) riding the latest pneumatic-valved version of the 800cc machine qualified 15th for tomorrow’s 23-lap race. The weather forecast for which remains uncertain.

Dani said: “Conditions weren’t so good this morning, the track was dirty after all the rain, so it wasn’t easy to work on set-up. This afternoon the track was completely dry and better, so we were more focused in our work. We still need to improve, so the warm-up session will be very important. We still haven’t decided which tyres to run, and this choice will crucial because the race is long and there are a lot corners that require an aggressive riding style, so we need to look for a good compromise. Starting from the front row is very important here, so I’m happy to be there.”

Nicky, sixth fastest, said: “We’ve basically only had one completely dry session all weekend - so we’ve tried out a lot of tyres: rains, intermediates and qualifiers and just a couple of race tyres. So that’s certainly a big issue for tomorrow, we don’t know a lot about what race tyres to run, so we’ll definitely let Michelin help us a little there. We made a bit of progress this afternoon and ended up on the second row. I’m not going to fool myself though, it’s certainly going to be a hard one tomorrow, some guys are going really quick. It’d be nice to improve in warm-up, we’ve got some work to do to try and get closer to the front.”

Nakano, ninth on the grid, said: “I’m satisfied with the way it’s gone today - not so much for the result itself but because of the progress it shows we are making on qualifying tyres. It was very important for us to improve in this area because we have suffered a lot during the opening few rounds. Today, though, I felt a notable improvement with rear grip and that’s positive also for the future. According to the weather forecast it’s going to be even hotter tomorrow so it will be important to judge the race conditions well.”

His team-mate De Angelis, 10th fastest, said: “Today went really well - tenth place is our best grid position since the start of the season - although we know there is still plenty of work to do on the qualifying tyre. Aside from that I was really pleased with the 1m 50.6s lap I did on race tyres, completely on my own and without a slipstream. That bodes well for the race tomorrow.”

De Puniet qualified 12th and said: “I knew it wouldn’t have been easy to find the right set-up in the dry with two practice sessions only. We tried different tyres and settings but I am not happy. I could’ve been faster in the last part of the qualifying session but Lorenzo came out in front of me and l lost my last fast lap. Anyway we must work on the set-up in tomorrow’s warm-up session to improve rear grip.”

Dovi, 13th quickest qualifier, said: “Valentino has a pace for the race which I think nobody else can match. We are not perfectly set up for the race yet, and when I think of the two different configurations for both race and qualifying I can say that our pace for the race is going to be a little far from the leaders. We will work hard in the warm-up tomorrow, but I'm not so sure we can totally change our current situation. What I'm looking for in general is better stability from the bike and I will have to do the maximum tomorrow in front of my fans as many of them are here and I want to put on a good show for each and every one of them.”

Okada, 15th on the grid, said: “This morning we had an electrical problem caused by yesterday’s crash. We couldn’t fix it quickly, so this afternoon was my only chance to ride in the dry. We still have to work on set-up for this track. With more time to improve suspension set-up, traction and gearing I think we could improve top speed by at least 5km/h. Tyre choice is another big issue because I’ve only tested one race tyre, so it will be difficult to choose.”

250cc

Hector Barbera took the fourth pole of his 250cc career here with a last gasp 1m 52.675s lap to head Aprilia rival Alvaro Bautista by eight tenths of a second. Marco Simoncelli (Gilera) was third fastest man while series points leader Mika Kallio (KTM) completes the front row.

Yuki Takahashi (JiR Scot Honda RS250RW) qualified 11th and said: “In the first part of practice I didn’t look for a fast lap but for the best chassis settings and after that we chose the tyres for the race and I feel good with my final choice of tyres. At the end of practice I came out for the fast final laps but I waited for some fast riders to follow their line, but I found myself in a group and it was difficult to go fast. We fought instead of making a fast lap - a pity as could have made a good grid position. But if I analyse the lap time I hope tomorrow we can ride a beautiful race!"

Ratthapark Wilairot (Stop And Go Racing RS250RW) qualified 17th and said: “I arrived here with a very painful back problem that restricted my movement and it affected me yesterday. But today I went out and I felt much better. The bike was very good in qualifying after I changed the front tyre for a slightly softer one. The bike now holds a line much better and gave me a lot more confidence in the front-end. I will definitely be able to run faster in the race than I did today, maybe by half a second.”

125cc

The half-hour of final 125cc qualifying was the property of Italian rider Raffaele de Rosa (KTM) who sped to a lap of 1m 58.302s to take his first ever pole position. The Neapolitan man starts ahead of reigning World Champion Gabor Talmacsi who was second fastest, with series points leader Mike Di Meglio third quickest (both Aprilia) and Pol Espargaro (Derbi) completing the front row.

Rookie Louis Rossi (FFM Racing Honda RS125R) qualified 37th for a tenth row start with a 2m 03.414s lap, while British rider Bradley Smith suffered a heavy high-side fall while two turns away from what looked like a pole position lap.

Rossi said: “I had a good day’s riding in the rain yesterday, but today the conditions were different and although I felt at ease this morning on the drying track, that wasn’t the case this afternoon for the qualifying practice in the dry. We have problems finding the correct settings and I am not able to make up for it with my riding. Still, I don’t feel discouraged because at Le Mans we were badly placed on the grid but still had a good race.”

Shinya Nakano (San Carlo Gresini Honda) Alex De Angelis (San Carlo Gresini Honda)


Shinya Nakano (San Carlo Gresini Honda)


Alex De Angelis (San Carlo Gresini Honda)

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Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 2nd - 1m 48.297s “Conditions weren’t so good this morning, the track was dirty after all the rain, so it wasn’t easy to work on set-up. This afternoon the track was completely dry and better, so we were more focused in our work. We still need to improve, so the warm-up session will be very important. We still haven’t decided which tyres to run, and this choice will crucial because the race is long and there are a lot corners that require an aggressive riding style, so we need to look for a good compromise. Starting from the front row is very important here, so I’m happy to be there. Tomorrow it will be a tough race with many competitive riders.”

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 2nd.
“Conditions weren’t so good this morning, the track was dirty after all the rain, so it wasn’t easy to work on set-up. This afternoon the track was completely dry and better, so we were more focused in our work. We still need to improve, so the warm-up session will be very important. We still haven’t decided which tyres to run, and this choice will crucial because the race is long and there are a lot corners that require an aggressive riding style, so we need to look for a good compromise. Starting from the front row is very important here, so I’m happy to be there. Tomorrow it will be a tough race with many competitive riders.”

Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda: 6th.
“We’ve basically only had one completely dry session all weekend - so we’ve tried out a lot of tyres: rains, intermediates and qualifiers and just a couple of race tyres. So that’s certainly a big issue for tomorrow, we don’t know a lot about what race tyres to run, so we’ll definitely let Michelin help us a little there. We made a bit of progress this afternoon and ended up on the second row. I’m not going to fool myself though, it’s certainly going to be a hard one tomorrow, some guys going really quick. It’d be nice to improve in warm-up, we’ve got some work to do to try and get closer to the front. Then we’ll just try to get a start and go for it.”

Shinya Nakano, San Carlo Gresini Honda: 9th.
“I am satisfied with the way it’s gone today, not so much for the result itself but because of the progress it shows we are making on qualifying tyres. It was very important for us to improve in this area because we have suffered a lot during the opening few rounds. Today, though, I felt a notable improvement with rear grip and that’s positive also for the future. According to the weather forecast it’s going to be even hotter tomorrow so it will be important to judge the race conditions well. In any case I’m confident because other than the crash yesterday it’s been a positive weekend so far.”

Alex De Angelis, San Carlo Gresini Honda: 10th.
“Today went really well tenth place is our best grid position since the start of the season although we know there is still plenty of work to do on the qualifying tyre. Aside from that I was really pleased with the 1ap I did on race tyres, completely on my own and without a slipstream. That bodes well for the race tomorrow. In the warm-up we’ll try to refine a few small details and try out a couple of things we haven’t had chance to look at already because of the limited dry time during practice.”

Randy De Puniet, LCR Honda: 12th.
“I knew that it would not have been easy to find the right set-up on dry with two practice sessions only and we still have to adjust some points especially in the rear of the bike. We tried different tyres and settings but I am not very happy. I could be faster in the last part of the qualifying session but Lorenzo came out in front of me and l lost my last fast lap. I could shave some tenths and start from the third row. Anyway we must work on the bike set-up in tomorrow's warm up session to improve the rear grip.”

Andrea Dovizioso, JiR Scot Honda: 13th.
“What I know looking at the qualifying times is that Valentino has been incredible! He not only broke the lap record, but clearly has a pace for the race which I think nobody else can match. We are not perfectly set up for the race yet, and when I think of the two different configurations for both race and qualifying I can say that our pace for the race is going to be a little far from the leaders. For this we will need to find solutions in the technical meeting we will have later. We will work hard in the warm-up tomorrow, but I'm not so sure we can totally change our current situation. In qualifying, I'm still struggling to use at the maximum the front tyre, as I cannot maintain the same lines I do with a race tyre. I also have to change my braking and corner entry points and obviously I also have to alter my corner speed. What I'm looking for in general is better stability from the bike and I will have to do the maximum tomorrow in front of my fans as many of them are here and I want to put on a good show for each and every one of them.”

Tadayuki Okada, Repsol Honda: 15th.
“This morning we had an electrical problem which was caused by yesterday’s crash. We couldn’t fix it quickly, so this afternoon was my only chance to ride in the dry. We still have to work on set-up for this track. With more time to improve suspension set-up, traction and gearing I think we could improve top speed by at least 5km/h. Tyre choice is another big issue because I’ve only tested one race tyre, so it will be difficult to choose.”

250cc:

Yukio Takahashi, JiR Scot Honda: 11th
“I am happy today as I’m still ready for this race. I am fully motivated to get a good result for the team and myself. Despite starting from the third row of the grid, the bike has developed well this weekend and I have to make a good start so I don’t lose contact with the leading group of riders. The first part of practice I didn’t look for the fast lap but for the best setting of the chassis and after that we chose the tyres for the race and I feel good with my final choice of tyres. At the end of practice I came out for the fast final laps but I waited for some fast riders to follow their line and use their slipstream to get a fast lap, but I found myself in a group and it was difficult to go fast, instead we fought but didn’t make a fast lap and so I didn’t make such a good lap time. I’m sad as I was in the condition to make a good grid position but if I analyse the lap time I hope tomorrow we can make a beautiful race!”

Ratthapark Wilairot, Thai Honda PTT SAG: 17th.
“I arrived here with a very painful back problem that restricted my movement a little and it affected me yesterday. But today the Clinica Mobile staff gave me a pain killer before I went out and I felt much better and could ride much easier than yesterday. The bike was very good in qualifying after I changed the front tyre for a slightly softer one. The bike holds the line much better and gave me a lot more confidence in the front end. I will definitely be able to run faster in the race than I did today, maybe by half-a-second.

125cc.

Louis Rossi, FFM Honda: 37th.
“I had a good day's riding in the rain yesterday and we were happy. But today the conditions were different and although I felt at ease this morning on the drying track during the second session of free practice, that wasn't the case this afternoon for the qualifying practice on a dry track. We have problems finding the correct settings and I am not able to make up for it by my riding. The front of my Honda moves quite a bit and causes me problems and twice during the last session I missed bends and went straight off. Still, I don't feel discouraged because at Le Mans we were badly placed on the grid but nonetheless had a good race.”


MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 06
Italian Grand Prix at Mugello Qualifying

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MotoGP
1 Valentino ROSSI (Fiat Yamaha Team)
2 Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
3 Loris CAPIROSSI (Rizla Suzuki MotoGP)
4 Casey STONER (Ducati Marlboro Team)
5 Colin EDWARDS (Tech 3 Yamaha)
6 Nicky HAYDEN (Repsol Honda Team)
7 Jorge LORENZO (Fiat Yamaha Team)
8 James TOSELAND (Tech 3 Yamaha)
9 Shinya NAKANO (San Carlo Honda Gresini)
10 Alex DE ANGELIS (San Carlo Honda Gresini)
11 Chris VERMEULEN (Rizla Suzuki MotoGP)
12 Randy DE PUNIET (LCR Honda MotoGP)
13 Andrea DOVIZIOSO (JiR Team Scot MotoGP)
14 John HOPKINS (Kawasaki Racing Team)
15 Tadayuki OKADA (Repsol Honda Team)
16 Toni ELIAS (Alice Team)
17 Sylvain GUINTOLI (Alice Team)
18 Marco MELANDRI (Ducati Marlboro Team)
19 Anthony WEST (Kawasaki Racing Team)
 
250cc
1 Hector BARBERA (Team Toth Aprilia)
2 Alvaro BAUTISTA (Mapfre Aspar Team)
3 Marco SIMONCELLI (Metis Gilera)
4 Mika KALLIO (Red Bull KTM 250)
5 Lukas PESEK (Auto Kelly - CP)
6 Manuel POGGIALI (Campetella Racing)
7 Alex DEBON (Lotus Aprilia)
8 Thomas LUTHI (Emmi - Caffe Latte )
9 Mattia PASINI (Polaris World)
10 Hiroshi AOYAMA (Red Bull KTM 250)
11 Yuki TAKAHASHI (JiR Team Scot 250)
17 Ratthapark WILAIROT (Thai Honda PTT SAG)
 
125cc
1 Raffaele DE ROSA (Onde 2000 KTM)
2 Gabor TALMACSI (Bancaja Aspar Team)
3 Mike DI MEGLIO (Ajo Motorsport)
4 Pol ESPARGARO (Belson Derbi)
5 Sergio GADEA (Bancaja Aspar Team)
6 Sandro CORTESE (Emmi - Caffe Latte)
7 Bradley SMITH (Polaris World)
8 Simone CORSI (Jack & Jones WRB)
9 Nicolas TEROL (Jack & Jones WRB)
10 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA (ISPA KTM Aran)
 

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